§ Ruth Kelly
Assets seized under anti-terrorist legislation are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary.
Following 11 September 2001, £10,230,810 was frozen under Orders applying United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1333 which froze accounts to prevent use by, inter alia, the then Taliban Government of Afghanistan. Subsequently, the Al-Qaeda and Taliban (United Nations Measures) Order 2002 implemented United Nations Security Council Resolution 1390 and, as well as allowing for the release of funds belonging to the legitimate Afghan Government, provided for the continued freezing of accounts belonging to Al-Qaeda.
Amounts totalling £346,382 remain frozen under the Orders implementing United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1390.